Cedar Rapids, IA

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Population

270,293

0.931% growth

Median Age

38.5


Median Household Income

$63,697

0.492% growth

Poverty Rate

9.35%


Number of Employees

144,032

2.1% growth

Median Property Value

$156,400

3.51% growth

About

In 2017, Cedar Rapids, IA had a population of 270k people with a median age of 38.5 and a median household income of $63,697. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Cedar Rapids, IA grew from 267,799 to 270,293, a 0.931% increase and its median household income grew from $63,385 to $63,697, a 0.492% increase.

The population of Cedar Rapids, IA is 89.2% White Alone, 3.58% Black or African American Alone, and 2.77% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Cedar Rapids, IA speak a non-English language, and 97.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Cedar Rapids, IA are Kirkwood Community College (2,116 degrees awarded in 2016), Mount Mercy University (606 degrees), and Coe College (402 degrees).

The median property value in Cedar Rapids, IA is $156,400, and the homeownership rate is 76.5%. Most people in Cedar Rapids, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Cedar Rapids, IA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Cedar Rapids, IA employs 144k people. The largest industries in Cedar Rapids, IA are Manufacturing (21,251 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (18,520 people), and Retail Trade (17,579 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($86,265), Public Administration ($55,094), and Manufacturing ($51,686).

Median household income in Cedar Rapids, IA is $63,697. Males in Cedar Rapids, IA have an average income that is 1.3 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,360. The income inequality in Cedar Rapids, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.434, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$63,697

2017 value

± $3,087

0.492%

1 Year Growth

± 7.17%

Households in Cedar Rapids, IA have a median annual income of $63,697, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $63,385 in 2016, which represents a 0.492% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,175

Average Male Salary

± $1,575

$46,360

Average Female Salary

± $1,221

In 2017, full-time male employees in Cedar Rapids, IA made 1.3 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $56,525 ± $7,743

  2. White

    $46,220 ± $948

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $42,007 ± $13,617

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Cedar Rapids, IA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.22 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Cedar Rapids, IA is from Iowa.

0.434

2017 Wage GINI

0.444

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.434 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.29% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Iowa across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cedar Rapids, IA was Dallas County, IA with a value of $88,561, followed by Polk County, IA and Linn County, IA, with respective values of $65,995 and $63,149.

The following map shows all of the counties in Cedar Rapids, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.35% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cedar Rapids, IA (24.2k out of 259k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    18,998 ± 1,009

  2. Black

    3,242 ± 438

  3. Two Or More

    1,421 ± 312

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cedar Rapids, IA is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

144k

2017 Value

± 6,280

2.1%

1 Year growth

± 5.95%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cedar Rapids, IA grew at a rate of 2.1%, from 141k employees to 144k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cedar Rapids, IA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (9,277 people), Other Production Occupations (4,327 people), and Retail Sales Workers Except Cashiers (3,993 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cedar Rapids, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Cedar Rapids, IA, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (9,277 people), Other Production Occupations (4,327 people), and Retail Sales Workers Except Cashiers (3,993 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Cedar Rapids, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Judges, Magistrates, & Other Judicial Workers (5.12 times higher than expected), Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (4.25 times), and First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Workers (3.99 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cedar Rapids, IA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($81,627), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($81,064), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($81,047).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

144k

2017 Value

± 6,280

2.1%

1 Year growth

± 5.95%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cedar Rapids, IA grew at a rate of 2.1%, from 141k employees to 144k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cedar Rapids, IA, are Manufacturing (21,251 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (18,520 people), and Retail Trade (17,579 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cedar Rapids, IA, though some of these residents may live in Cedar Rapids, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Cedar Rapids, IA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (21,251 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (18,520 people), and Retail Trade (17,579 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Cedar Rapids, IA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.19 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.85 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.57 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cedar Rapids, IA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($86,265), Public Administration ($55,094), and Manufacturing ($51,686).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.8B

  2. $18.8B

  3. $18.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery with $18.8B and Other ag prods. and $18.2B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Iowa products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B

2015 Value

$363B

Projected 2045 Value

47.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Iowa trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 47.9% to $363B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Iowa trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.2B

  2. $16.1B

  3. $11.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $26.2B, followed by Minnesota with $16.1B and Nebraska and $11.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Iowa shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

96.1% of the population of Cedar Rapids, IA has health coverage, with 55.8% on employee plans, 14.6% on Medicaid, 12.6% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 0.98% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Cedar Rapids, IA was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Cedar Rapids, IA see 1363 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% increase from the previous year (1349 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1561 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 756 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.3%). Additionally, Union County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,363 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Iowa see an average of 1,363 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% increase from the previous year (1,349 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,200

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,076

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,702

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,317

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

3.87%

Uninsured

55.8%

Employer Coverage

14.6%

Medicaid

12.6%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

0.98%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cedar Rapids, IA grew by 35.3% from 2.86% to 3.87%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Cedar Rapids, IA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.3% prevalence

  2. 12.6% prevalence

  3. 12.1% prevalence

Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 13.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Iowa by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Cedar Rapids, IA is home to a population of 270k people, from which 97.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.43% of Cedar Rapids, IA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Cedar Rapids, IA is composed of 237k White Alone residents (89.2%), 9.52k Black or African American Alone residents (3.58%), 7.37k Two or More Races residents (2.77%), 7.1k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.67%), 4.16k Asian Alone residents (1.56%), 670 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.252%), 7 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.00263%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Cedar Rapids, IA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

33

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Cedar Rapids, IA was 38.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 33. But people in Cedar Rapids, IA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Cedar Rapids, IA residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.43%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.07%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.43% of Cedar Rapids, IA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Cedar Rapids, IA was 3.07%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    37,481 ± 4,725 people

  2. Vietnam

    11,395 ± 2,616 people

  3. China

    10,837 ± 2,551 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Cedar Rapids, IA was Mexico, the natal country of 37,481 Cedar Rapids, IA residents, followed by Vietnam with 11,395 and China with 10,837.

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Citizenship

97.1%

2017 Citizenship

98.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.1% of Cedar Rapids, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Cedar Rapids, IA was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    237k ± 463

  2. Black or African American Alone

    9.52k ± 1.9k

  3. Two or More Races

    7.37k ± 2.46k

In 2015, there were 24.9 times more White Alone residents (237k people) in Cedar Rapids, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.52k Black or African American Alone and 7.37k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Cedar Rapids, IA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Cedar Rapids, IA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Cedar Rapids, IA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Cedar Rapids, IA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,836 ± 859

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,672 ± 916

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,085 ± 649

Cedar Rapids, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.81 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Cedar Rapids, IA awarded 3,787 degrees. The student population of Cedar Rapids, IA is skewed towards women, with 8,650 male students and 10,557 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Cedar Rapids, IA are White (2,995 and 80.6%), followed by Unknown (231 and 6.22%), Black or African American (171 and 4.6%), and Hispanic or Latino (167 and 4.49%).

The largest universities in Cedar Rapids, IA by number of degrees awarded are Kirkwood Community College (2,116 and 55.9%), Mount Mercy University (606 and 16%), and Coe College (402 and 10.6%).

The most popular majors in Cedar Rapids, IA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (861 and 22.7%), Registered Nursing (283 and 7.47%), and General Business Administration & Management (272 and 7.18%).

The median tuition costs in Cedar Rapids, IA are $39,675 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 861 degrees awarded

  2. 137 degrees awarded

  3. 65 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Cedar Rapids, IA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 861 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Cedar Rapids, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,116 degrees awarded

  2. 606 degrees awarded

  3. 402 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$39,675

Median Private

In 2016, the Cedar Rapids, IA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Kirkwood Community College with 2,116 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,448

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,339

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,448 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Cedar Rapids, IA, which is 0.619 times less than the 2,339 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,995 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    231 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    171 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Cedar Rapids, IA were to White students. These 2,995 degrees mean that there were 13 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 231 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cedar Rapids, IA was $156,400 in 2017, which is 0.719 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $151,100 to $156,400, a 3.51% increase. The homeownership rate in Cedar Rapids, IA is 76.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Cedar Rapids, IA have an average commute time of 18.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Cedar Rapids, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$63,697

Median Household Income

± $3,087

108k

Number of Households

± 4,973

In 2017, the median household income of the 108k households in Cedar Rapids, IA grew to $63,697 from the previous year's value of $63,385.

The following chart displays the households in Cedar Rapids, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$156,400

2017 Median

± $3,708

$151,100

2016 Median

± $4,846

In 2017, the median property value in Cedar Rapids, IA grew to to $156,400 from the previous year's value of $151,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Cedar Rapids, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cedar Rapids, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Cedar Rapids, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cedar Rapids, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

76.5%

2017 Homeownership

74.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 76.5% of the housing units in Cedar Rapids, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Cedar Rapids, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Cedar Rapids, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Cedar Rapids, IA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

18.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cedar Rapids, IA have a shorter commute time (18.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.42% of the workforce in Cedar Rapids, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86%

  2. Carpooled

    5.88%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.69%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Cedar Rapids, IA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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